Rajasthan sets up heritage council

A heritage council will be set up in Rajasthan for the conservation, regulation and maintenance of structures with historical and archaeological importance.

The Rajasthan Heritage Conservation Bill 2014 was brought up during the Budget session that began on Feb 25. The council will have three ministers and archaeological experts as members.

A state-level heritage authority, headed by the secretary for urban development, will also be set up. The council's powers will include declaring properties of historical importance as protected and granting permission for construction work in protected areas.

It will also identify and list heritage properties and prepare a heritage management plan.

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